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Judge rules Oregon clean energy ballot initiatives can proceed

CLIMATE: A county judge in Oregon rejects a former Republican secretary of state’s rationale for blocking two clean energy ballot measures environmentalists want to bring before voters in November. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
A new report indicates that California will have to nearly double its current rate of emissions reductions to achieve its goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. (Monterey Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says a state Supreme Court ruling allowing caps on direct but not indirect greenhouse gas emissions will significantly affect the state’s ability to reduce emissions. (Spokesman-Review)
Microsoft pledges to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 across direct emissions and its supply chain. (Associated Press)

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CALIFORNIA:
PG&E expects its discussions with California Gov. Gavin Newsom will lead to changes in how the utility is overseen. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A federal judge is threatening to force PG&E to hire more tree trimmers to reduce the possibility of its electrical grid igniting more wildfires in Northern California. (KCRA)

UTILITIES: Tri-State’s spokesman says it’s unclear if the utility’s plans to invest in renewables and cut emissions will stem potential member defections. (Utility Dive)

PUBLIC LANDS: The BLM has approved the proposed $1 billion 450 MW Desert Quartzite Solar Project on roughly 3,000 acres of public land in eastern Riverside County, California. (S&P Global)

STORAGE: Battery vendors say California’s main storage incentive to protect against planned power shutoffs needs more flexibility than those currently proposed by regulators. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS:
Oil and gas companies in New Mexico can be fined up to $10,000 per day for pollution under rules adopted yesterday. (E&E News, subscription)
Legislation was introduced in California that would force energy companies to keep detailed accounting of emissions from infrastructure and wells on public lands. (E&E News, subscription)

MICROGRIDS: California’s response to power outages and wildfires will drive up the West Coast’s share of annual microgrid capacity additions from 13 percent in 2019 to 25 percent in 2021, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)

NATURAL GAS: PG&E has tentatively been granted eminent domain over a portion of a private vineyard owner’s land in Calistoga, California to construct a liquid natural gas plant. (Napa Valley Register)

COAL: Utah coal mines suffer a major setback as a California city that has been a key export gateway approves a ban on the storage and handling of coal. (Salt Lake Tribune)

PERMIAN BASIN: Records show oil and gas operations in New Mexico’s Permian Basin generated $3.1 billion in revenue for the state last year. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

SOLAR: A California solar provider accused of having a policy to deny service to people believed to be of Indian or Middle Eastern descent will pay $350,000 to settle a lawsuit. (East Bay Times) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California-based electric car startup Lucid Motors will unveil the production version of its Lucid Air luxury sedan in April. (Mercury News)

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HYDROGEN: California’s Energy Commission announces the release of over $45 million to develop hydrogen fueling stations. (H2 View)

OFFSHORE WIND: A fishing industry coalition focused on offshore wind energy development announces the creation of a new Pacific Advisory Committee to address fishermen’s concerns. (National Fisherman)

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